People covering cover versions of songs

As in when the version people cover is usually a cover version.

I.e. a million versions of Jeff Buckley’s Hallelujah and Johnny Cash’s Hurt

Here’s yer man Ed Sheeran covering Ryan Adams’ cover of Wonderwall

Xzibit covering yo dawg we heard you like covers, etc.

Any others?


Don’t want to be ‘that guy’, but of course Jeff Buckley’s version of Hallelujah is famously a cover of John Cale’s version (Cale reduced the number of verses and changed the structure and tempo of the song and everyone has basically been covering that version since)


There’s a whole revisionist history episode devoted to the song’s history if you’re a fan of it.

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Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.
The original by Robert Hazard (sounds like The Cars)

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Who’s covered the cover, pal?

Is it even possible to still like that song?

Using the Cyndi Lauper arrangement? Miley Cyrus.

Hey guys, it’s “that guy” again…

It’s in Shrek!

This sort of thing?

There’s loads of this on Youtube.

who is the cover of the cover? come on guys.

this may shock you but i have never seen shrek

This appears to be Karina Maisha covering Lily Allen, who in turn covered Keane.

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i’m very sorry i asked

I wonder if there’s a worse example.

Well Malcolm Gladwell almost makes you care about it, that’s for sure

oh yeah, no doubt about that

Actually both the Hallelujah cover and Girls Just Want to Have Fun are examples of lyrical changes too. I mean covering the original intention version of GJWTHF would be a bit odd as it’s pretty old fashioned and patriarchal.

I had a bit of a listen to it and it just sounds like Keane, doesn’t it? Maybe I just can’t distinguish because it’s so bad.

Tainted Love by Marilyn Manson via Soft Cell via Gloria Jones.